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The Lake Isle of Innisfree

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Transcript of The Lake Isle of Innisfree

The Lake Isle of Innisfree
W.B. Yeats

Aim: Today we are going to look at the poetry of Yeats. We are starting with .......
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
The Lake isle of Innisfree
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a-glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.
Subject Matter
Stanza One
The opening statement is a declaration. The word "go" is repeated which suggests the poet's earnest wish and determination to go there.
He would like to build a small cabin in the middle of a glade and live alone. He plans to be self sufficient and grow his own food. He will grow rows of beans and keep bees for their honey.
Stanza TWO
The island is described as tranquil and peaceful. In the morning there is the sounds of crickets chirping and at noon heather grows purple in the sunlight.
Linnet's wings flap in the evening and glittering stars are reflected on the water.
Stanza Three
The thought of Innisfree is always in his mind. Particularly when he is in an urban area. He always hears the pleasant sounds from Innisfree. It makes him long for the island.
Objective: By the end of the class you should be able to discuss the subject matter, what the poem is about, accurately.
The Poet
Yeats was born in Dublin, lived in London and returned to Ireland.
He fell in love with Sligo and was fascinated by ancient Ireland and legends.
He also expressed an interest in the nationalist cause.
He concentrated on drawing attention to the cultural heritage of Ireland and obscurely had an interest in the occult.
Maud Gonne was also a source of poetic inspiration for him.
He fell in love with her, yet it was unrequited.
He proposed three times, yet was refused each time.
She remained a muse for his poems based on love.
What is your favourite destination or place to escape?
In this poem, the poet wishes to escape......
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